Mario Chalmers is the Thorn in Derrick Rose's Side* ~ BitterSweetLife

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Mario Chalmers is the Thorn in Derrick Rose's Side*

The Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls have started a series of NBA summer games. So far, Mario Chalmers, the star of KU's dramatic NCAA victory over Memphis, is getting the better of #1 draft pick Derrick Rose. (Much like he did in the NCAA championship game.) Chalmers fell to the second round of the draft, but he appears to have a very good shot at securing playing time with the Heat. From the Miami Herald:

Heat rookie guard Mario Chalmers, a second-round pick, was responsible for making matters difficult for Rose. Chalmers had 11 points, a game-high six assists, one turnover and six steals in 26 minutes. His shot was off -- he was just 2 of 8 from the field -- but his suffocating defense was not.

''I think I did a pretty good job,'' Chalmers said. ``But it was about the Bulls and the Heat, and the Heat came out the better team.''

Heat assistant Keith Askins, who is coaching the summer league team, said much of game plan involved running the offense through Beasley and Chalmers.

The two accounted for 10 of the Heat's first 12 points and led Miami to a 48-34 halftime lead. But Beasley picked up his third foul in the second quarter and played just eight minutes in the first half.

Way to go, Mario!

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John B. said...

6 steals in 26 minutes??

I know these are glorified pick-up games, but: wow!

Ariel said...

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. Chalmers is going to catch some people sleeping with his defense. Picture him in a Rajan Rondo-like capacity come the finals, but with extra scoring punch. With Dwayne Wade + Michael Beasley + Chalmers, the Heat are going to be dangerous.


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